A Little About Pond Gardens

Garden ponds go as far back as 5,000 years to Mesopotamia. Through out the centuries, Roman and Oriental ponds were very prominent, and typically only owned by royalty.

Today, modern garden ponds are still a blend of Asian and European styles. Garden pond plants and supplies are more affordable and the designs are almost limitless. For those who don't live near a natural body of water, a man-made pond can provide peace and tranqulity. As well as a habitat for Koi and fun gardening opportunities.

A Few Benefits of a Garden Pond

Ponds and water gardens provide many environment benefits as well benefits in other areas like neighborhood wildlife and your financial bottom-line. Water conservation tops this list. Traditional soil gardens would require a lot of water for your plants to grow. However, a pond garden can typically water itself by refilling with rainwater, allowing you to enjoy the beauty of your garden instead of finding where the end of the hose is and where you left the sprinkler. If you pay for your water, this can decrease your water bill and fatten your wallet! The second benefit would be the reduction of pollutants. You don’t mow a pond garden. This consumes less gas, emitting less carbon monoxide into the air, decreasing your work load and expenses while increasing your enjoyment. Thirdly, and of greatest environmental impact, is that water gardens require few, if any, pesticides and fertilizers. According to the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, only about 35% of fertilizers actually reach terrestrial plants. The rest ends up in our air or groundwater. A pond garden’s habitat creates natural fertilizer. You know what’s coming next… it saves you money on your lawn care, keeping you from having to purchase harmful and expensive pesticides and fertilizers. Finally, pond gardens support desirable local wildlife, at the same time helping to control pesky ones. Water gardens are more than just a haven for koi and goldfish. Tadpoles and pond snails are helpful algae-eaters. Mosquito larvae cannot survive without warm, stagnant water, so small waterfalls or pond fish are ideal for creating enough water turbulence to prevent mosquito breeding. Adult mosquitoes that get too close to the pond become dinner for local wildlife such as birds, frogs and toads, fish, and dragonflies. The above are just a few of the many environmental benefits of a pond garden. In addition to being a fun hobby, there is less financial cost, it adds beauty, tranquility, and equity to your home and property, the white noise will help make a more relaxing environment, the evaporating water cools the surrounding area, and the addition of a small waterfall can create negative ions scrubbing the air of dust mites, pollen, germs, pollutants, and allergens. Well, what are you waiting for? Get out there and get started!

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